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What Causes a Blocked Toilet

Your toilet is among the most frequently used facilities in your house. A blocked toilet may lead to a dissatisfied household and of course – an extremely unpleasant cleaning experience too!  Knowing why your toilet becomes clogged can help you avoid repeated disruptions, and you can leave your plunger right where you keep it: stowed away. To avoid such a bothersome situation, check these 7 toilet-clogging hazards.

Reason no. 1: Your toilet is a first-generation, Low-Flow model 

Advanced toilets employ a range of low-flow technology targeted at conserving water. The previous editions of these flushes may lack the required force to empty the inner trap and drainage, indicating that they frequently form blockages. Check the back of your toilet for an imprinted date. If that toilet was built in the 1990s, you probably own one of those first-generation low-flow flushes that we’re talking about. If that’s the situation, you may need to consider upgrading your loo in the future. Meanwhile you can minimize blockages in low-flow toilets by reducing toilet tissue usage and eliminating clog-prone objects. But if these measures don’t work, the answer will be to purchase a more modern toilet.

Reason no. 2: Somebody Tries to Flush Non-Flushable Things

Your toilet is intended to only discard specific substances. Toilet paper, for example, is intended to rapidly break down in water, so it seldom creates issues. But commercial tissues (like Kleenex) or the bigger paper towels are not intended to be tossed down the loo. Disposing other things, such as Q-Tips, cotton swabs, baby wipes, and floss may impede drainage and create frequent backups in the toilet. Talk to your loved ones or roommates about what’s okay to drain down the toilet and what isn’t. If you have younger kids, maintain a list of non-flushable objects near to your toilet. It’s also a smart option to have a big bin in your toilet. This will make disposal of non-flushable things simpler.

Reason no. 3: Excessive use of Toilet Rolls

Among the most frequent reasons for a blocked toilet is it is getting clogged up by toilet roll. Although in many instances this occurs when youngsters (or grownups) use excess tissue when you go to the bathroom. If you frequently have a blocked toilet, it may likely be due to an excess use of toilet tissue, so try with a less amount and see if the problems persist.

Reason no. 4: Toilet Trap Is jammed

Your toilet’s trap is a bent piece of the ceramic fixture that is fitted into the bottom bowl portion of your toilet. It is intended to retain stagnant water and prevent sewage pollutants from coming into your house. Toilet paper, baby wipes, and a number of non-flushable objects may block the traps and create a blocked  toilet. Just a few rounds with a plunger should release any obstruction and eliminate the clog. More persistent blockages may be removed using a toilet auger.

Reason no. 5: The Plumbing Outlet Is Stopped

Current toilets, along with other bathroom fixtures, utilize ceiling vents to channel clean air into the plumbing work to avoid airflow vacuums that may restrict drain movement. Over the years, these vents may get blocked with leaves, wood, and animal nesting. A clogged toilet vent will decrease the drain movement and may create frequent blockages. It’s better to contact an expert to clean your vents because obstruction may be hard to detect and will need specific equipment to clear.

Reason no. 6: There may be issues with Main Sewer pipe 

Frequent blockages in numerous toilets and sinks are typically indications of bigger sewage system issues. Clogs in numerous fittings are usually caused by the formation of waste products, toilet tissue, and non-flushable objects in the main drainage and sewer systems. Tree roots may potentially pierce your sewage line, allowing in silt and other constriction-causing material. Sewer line issues may create significant difficulties both in and out of your house, and even endanger the family’s health. It’s wise to hire a professional plumber to handle any sewer-related problems.

Reason no. 7: Inadequate Water Flow

For your toilets to dispose waste and toilet tissue effectively, it’s essential for your house piping to supply the required water pressure. Without that, your bathroom will not just struggle to move waste from the basin, but you’ll also discover that it won’t have the strength to push the waste all the way back down the sewer pipe. If you think that inadequate water flow is the answer to your blocked toilet issue, again it’s a better option to call a plumber, since this may be occurring due to many factors.


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Steve Atkinson
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